Plaza Pride Newsletter

Working together to engage, challenge, inspire and grow.

4/16/21

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Good afternoon Tiger Nation,


We did it! we made it through our first 5 day week! Our students worked hard on their NWEA tests as well as the start of the 4th quarter. We are preparing to attack the MAP test in May and finish this year out strong!!!


We continue to be proud of our Tigers and the foundation of family that we have built this year. We are doing something special here at 6501 and that work is paying dividends in our academics, behavior, and culture.


I hope you have a wonderful and hopefully dry weekend.


Take care.


Dr. Singletary

PLAZA WEEK-AT-A-GLANCE

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STUCO APPLICATIONS

We are gearing up for our 21-22 Student Council. Council is open to all 7th and 8th graders for the 21-22 school year. Students can apply on their teams’ Schoology page,, visit the link below, or use their phone to access the QR code:


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSec9vrzrnHEbs0Ml3aWO8mjjJRYak9lsPwqvrTFiZk91rem_Q/viewform


We will have information on announcements as well. Although we will not be holding interviews this year, we are asking students to have two teachers complete recommendation forms. Those forms can be picked up in Mrs. Kliewer [KliewerC@parkhill.k12.mo.us] or Mrs. Muchow’s [MuchowJ@parkhill.k12.mo.us] rooms (or requested if you are an online student), and should be turned in BY THE TEACHER completing the form, not the student.


The deadline for the application is May 1st!!!

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WEB APPLICATIONS

We are looking for students to join us as 8th grade WEB leaders for next year! Students CAN be members of STUCO but we really want to reach a wide range of students. We want students that are excited about working with our incoming 6th graders being positive role models. We plan to have next year full of opportunities to meet often between our WEB leaders and 6th graders for team building activities.


The application can be found on your learners teams’ Schoology page, link below, or attached QR code below.


21-22 Plaza WEB Application


If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Elam at ElamA@parkhill.k12.mo.us.


The deadline for the application is May 1st!!!

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7th and 8th grade BAND CONCERTS

We are excited to share that we are going to be have our band concert for our 7th and 8th graders on Thursday, May 13th at Park High School Auditorium. 7th graders will perform at 7 pm and 8th grades will perform at 8pm. Each student will be allowed 2 spectators to this event due to social distancing.


Parents of band students were sent information from band directors Mr. Potter [Potterd@parkhill.k12.mo.us] and Mrs. Stapfer [Stapferr@parkhill.k12.mo.us]. If you have any questions, please reach out to them for details.

TESTING SEASON is here!

In May we will be taking the MAP test. More details on this test can be found below.


If your student is a virtual learner and you can't find the email we sent about how they will be taking their MAP tests, please click HERE to read the letter Dr. Singletary and Mr. Calvin put together for you!

TENTATIVE MAP TESTING SCHEDULE FOR ALL LEARNERS AT PLAZA MIDDLE SCHOOL

During the weeks of May 3rd through May 28th, the district will be administering MAP (Missouri Assessment Program) GLA (Grade Level Assessments) in grades 3 through 8. Your student will be taking assessments in the subject areas of communication arts, mathematics, and science.


It is our aim to ensure that the education we provide results in high achievement for each of our students and schools. Teachers and administrators use results from these tests to help your child learn and to make critical classroom, school, and district-wide decisions that are intended to increase achievement for all students.


In addition, the US Department of Education's announcement in late February stated that states must give standardized tests this year, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released a memo stating that “all students should be tested onsite” as “Missouri does not have a secure system to proctor students taking assessments (from a remote location).” Due to this mandate, Park Hill is scheduling onsite testing for our online students.


Plaza has developed a plan to provide a safe, socially distanced testing experience for online learners. While transportation will be available, we recommend providing transportation for your student if possible, to maximize social distancing. Online students at Plaza Middle School will be given the opportunity to take the MAP assessment during the time their grade level peers are testing. We will provide a room with ONLY online students, and students will test with their online peers and Life Ed teachers. If you prefer your child tests using the first two week schedule, students MUST have their own transportation these days since we will be proctoring testing for the in-person students.


Online families were sent a link to elect two options for choice for MAP testing. If you haven't done so already, lease complete this short google form to provide us with information we need for your child's MAP testing.


Google form (ONLINE FAMLIES ONLY)


If you have any questions about testing, please contact our counselors at calvinm@parkhill.k12.mo.us and malonem@parkhill.k12.mo.us.


Below you will find the tentative schedule for all learners at Plaza Middle School:

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HELPFUL MAP TESTING TIPS FOR ALL STUDENTS

There are some things you can do to help your child do well on the MAP Test:


  • Speak positively about the test. Your attitude is contagious!
  • Make sure your child is well rested and eats breakfast each day of testing.
  • Make sure your child attends school and arrives on time on testing days. Encourage your child to have a positive attitude about tests and to listen closely to test instructions.
  • Help your child become more familiar with the test format by reviewing sample MAP items and the new online platform with them. Sample MAP items can be found at: https://wbte.drcedirect.com/MO/portals/mo (must use Google Chrome Browser)
  • Other parent information put out by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education about the MAP can be found at: http://dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/assessment/grade-level
  • Results of the assessments will be shared with parents when the district receives them. If you have questions concerning these assessments, please contact your child’s counselor or principal.

PLAZA MISSION STATEMENT SELECTED!!!

Through our multiple step process, we have selected the new mission statement at Plaza Middle School voted on by staff, students, and the Plaza community!!!


"The mission of Plaza Middle School is to develop collaborative, self-motivated, life-long learners who will become productive members of our diverse multicultural society. In a safe and supportive environment, our dedicated and knowledgeable staff will provide a relevant and rigorous curriculum that engages and challenges the abilities of each student."


We look forward to using this mission to drive our Vision at Plaza Middle School.

The New Mission Statement for Plaza Middle School

ENROLLMENT FOR THE 2021-22 ACADEMIC SCHOOL YEAR

Online Verification & Residency for the 21-22 school year is now open! Every year, all Park Hill families are required to visit the Campus Parent portal to verify student demographic, health, and emergency contact information, and submit proof of residency documents for the upcoming school year Please check your mailbox – we recently mailed a letter and “Getting Started” guide so you can jump right in and get this process completed. You can access a digital copy of the guide on our website.

Note: Only a legal guardian living with a current student in their household can prove residency and complete verification for that student.


Attending Summer School? Complete Verification by May 7!
For the first time, Park Hill families can enroll for summer school through the same online form used to complete online verification and residency. If you have children in kindergarten through eighth grade who plan to attend summer school, please complete your verification prior to May 7 so we can properly process their summer school enrollment.


If you don’t have a Campus Parent account:
Contact your student’s school office (there is a list of numbers at the end of this email). They will send you a unique access code – Campus Parent setup instructions can be found here.


If you need to enroll a new student or kindergartner for 21-22:
You DO NOT need to complete a separate enrollment application if you have other students currently enrolled in the district. There will be an option in the verification form to add new students – please enter your new student(s) there.

If your new kindergartner is a current Gerner student, they will show up in the verification form: you DO NOT need to add them as a new student.

For more detailed instructions on adding a new student, see the “Getting Started” guide. Contact any school office if you have questions about this process.


If you need help verifying or have questions:
Contact your student’s school building at the number listed below. You can also head to any school building – there will be a computer available for verification, and staff members to help you and answer any questions. Remember to bring your proof of residency documents!

SUMMER SCHOOL AT PLAZA

Plaza will play host for summer school this year for Plaza and Congress students from June 7th through July 2nd. The summer school program is an opportunity for students to continue their learning in a fun and safe environment. Best of all it is FREE!


You can register for summer school online during the same time you verify your enrollment and residency for the 2021-22 school year.


For our rising 9th graders, they can participate in Park Hill High School's Online summer school program. Their program is in two sessions. The first session is from June 3rd through June 21st. The second session is from June 22nd through July 9th.


Summer school enrollment ends on May 7th. After May 7th, please give us a call or visit the Park Hill website to register your child.


Click here for additional information.

2021-22 PLAZA NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY

National Junior Honor Society will start taking applications for the 2021-2022 school year next week. National Junior Honor Society is a service organization. Thirty-five members will be selected by meeting eligibility requirements. Students eligible for membership must demonstrate the qualities of scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship, and character through school and community activities. To be eligible for NJHS you must:


  • Be an 8th grade student during the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Have a minimum cumulative 3.5 grade point average.
  • Have been active in school. This includes membership in other clubs, intramurals, plays, talent show, etc.
  • Give evidence of leadership. This can be in school and/or outside of school.


Eligible students will receive an email next week letting them know of their eligibility for this organization. Interested students can fill out a digital or paper copy and return it to Mrs. Swanstone and Mrs. Fulton by Friday, April 30th. All of the documents students need to fill out for their application can be found through the email they receive or a physical copy can be picked up in room 606 (Mrs. Fulton's room).


On the basis of character, your student's team teachers (not an individual teacher) will provide your student with a recommendation. Your student's application and recommendations are then referred to the NJHS Faculty Council for final review. The NJHS Faculty Council will make their selections and students will be notified of their decisions by Wednesday, May 19th.

BRAG CORNER

CHECK OUT our talented tiger track team at work this week!

GROWING PAINS

We are excited to have all of our students back at Plaza! that said, I know there are going to be some growing pains in a few areas.


One such area would be arrival. We have a high volume of traffic at the beginning of the day. When dropping off your student, please pull all the way up to the front before letting your student out. Stopping early delays the drop off line.


We will get better as the year progresses. Your help would be appreciated for its success!


Thank you.

BANNEKER CHANGE FOR CHANGE UPDATE

Change for Change Update
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SOPHIE'S RUN

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SOS PROGRAM AT PLAZA

During this challenging year, school staff are working to teach students about mental health and how to seek help if they are worried about themselves or a friend. We are using a program called SOS Signs of Suicide. The program teaches students about this difficult topic and encourages them to seek help.


SOS has been used by thousands of schools over the past few decades. Studies have shown that it effectively teaches students about depression and suicide while reducing the number of students’ self-reported suicide attempts.


Through the program, students learn:

● depression is treatable, so they are encouraged to seek help

● how to identify depression and potential suicide risk in themselves or a friend

● to ACT (Acknowledge, Care and Tell a trusted adult) if concerned about themselves or a friend

● who they can turn to at school for help


On April 26-28, our teachers will lead the SOS lesson with students. Students will watch age-appropriate video clips and participate in a guided discussion about depression, suicide, and what to do if they are concerned about a friend. Following the video, students will complete an electronic response survey which asks whether they would like to talk to an adult about any concerns. School staff will conduct brief meetings with any student asking to talk.

We encourage you to visit www.sossignsofsuicide.org/parent for information on warning signs for youth suicide, useful resources, and some of the key messages students will learn.


If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s participation in this program, please contact me or any of our school counselors at (816) 359-4210


If you do NOT want your child to participate in the SOS prevention program, please print out the opt out form (attachment), fill out the first page, and return to school by March 25, 2021. If we do not hear from you, we will assume your child has permission to participate in the lesson.


Sincerely,

Jenny Daniel

Assistant Principal

Plaza Middle School

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PRE-PURCHASE YOUR 2020-21 PLAZA YEARBOOK TODAY!

Yearbooks are currently priced at $30.00. Visit Jostens.com (link).
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REMINDER OF ALLERGIES AT PLAZA

Just a reminder that we have individuals that have severe allergies to latex. Therefore, no latex products will be allowed in the building. Thank you for doing your part in keep all of our Tigers safe!

MESSAGE OF UNITY

Here at Plaza we are stronger together! Through these difficult times, having a shared vision and beliefs will allow us to overcome all obstacles. Through grace, compassion, and love we will weather the storm.


Together.We.Rise

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JOIN PTA!

Join the Plaza PTA and help give back to your community and teachers! You can choose an individual membership for only $15.00, or a business membership for $50.00. Your membership will help support your students, your community and your Plaza teachers! To learn more or to join, simply fill out the PTA request form (link) today!

PTA OFFICERS

President: Maria Acosta, mcacosta71@gmail.com

Vice-President Membership: Staci Moran, moranclan03@yahoo.com
Treasurer: Joe Ciccio, ciccio441@gmail.com
Recording Secretary: Shannon Beane, csbeane@gmail.com
Fundraising: Angie Barton, angela.d.barton@gmail.com

2020-21 PTA meeting dates

2020-21 PTA MEETING DATES

All PTA Meetings will be held virtually (link below) 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm on the following Monday evenings (unless noted):


Monday, April 5 (Meeting was canceled)

Monday, May 3


Logon to Zoom to join the PTA meetings:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9900896808?pwd=U1FaZG5jT3VKM3lObjh2alBmWHF1UT09

Meeting id: 990 089 6808

Passcode: 9663

SCHOOL PHOTO RETAKES

If you are wanting to view and order your student's retake pictures, please go to Pearcephoto.com (link).
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SPRING PICTURES

Say Cheese!!!


Spring pictures at Plaza will take place on April 15th and 16th. This is available to all students that are interested. For our online learners, spring pictures will be on the same days but we ask that our online families please select an appointment time slot via our sign-up genius HERE.


Students will need to either bring their picture packets or pre-pay via the Pearce website.


Thank you and stay safe!

Tiger Talk 4921

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL - 3/26

Tiger Nation,


What a whirlwind of a week! I continue to be impressed about how our students respond to adversity. The Great Malware Attack of 2021 will not stop our Tigers from being Great!!!


Please take this week to relax and recover from the many changes. Spend time outside, exercise, read a book, or just do nothing. Give yourself permission to indulge in peace and tranquility.


When we return, we will begin 4th quarter at Plaza. This last push will be filled with testing (NWEA and MAP) as well as other end of the year athletics and activities. Let's finish strong together and not just be good, let's be GREAT!!!


Take care of yourself.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Principal

Plaza Middle School

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Tiger family,


Next week we will embark on yet another new journey. This year we have endured much, but I believe we will be better for it.


Starting Monday we will have all of our in-person learners here at Plaza. We will be one step closer to all of us being together. I look forward to our community growing closer as we finish the year strong.


Last week I hope we addressed questions you may have had in this transition. If you have additional questions, please let us know or reference our website for details.


Take care.


Dr. Adrian Singletary.

Principal

Plaza Middle School


Link to Plaza Re-Entry documents: https://plaza.parkhill.k12.mo.us/news/what_s_new/plaza_reopening_plan

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Tiger Nation,


We completed another great week at Plaza Middle School. The atmosphere is shifting as we prepare to change back to full time for our hybrid learners. Starting on Monday, March 22nd our hybrid model will not exist. This comes with a myriad of benefits and challenges. This coming week, we will address these with learners on their respective group day in preparation for full time school. We ask that you also begin to have conversations at home as to what that looks like for your learner.


For our online learners, we understand that many in our community have worked hard to establish routines and discipline. We have heard through surveys and student focus groups that having as few disruptions as possible would be the most beneficial for our online community. That said, we want to honor that in announcing that no major changes will be happening with our online learning cycle. Content will still be released on Wednesdays at 9 am and due the following Tuesday. However, it is important to note that because our in person learners are going full time, it will impact things such as zoom/teams times and individual teacher office hours. Teachers will communicate their new availability to our online learners. Virtual Wednesdays will no longer exist so I would ask for continued patience and partnership as we navigate these continual choppy waters.


Plaza's leadership team and staff have been hard at work developing a re-entry plan that is comprehensive in preparing students return to the building outlining both instructional and health related topics. I encourage you to view the links below for our update 5 pillars of infection control document as well as Plaza's Re-Entry Plan.


Please take note of next weeks schedule. It does look different due to our virtual day being shifted from Wednesday, the 17th to Thursday, the 18th. It will also look different the week we come back from spring break.


I continue to be amazed by the sheer resilience and tenacity of our Tigers. With all of these changes, OUR KIDS have had a smile on their faces (well under their masks!), OUR KIDS have stared adversity in the face and said, "NOT TODAY!!!" OUR KIDS inspire me each and every day to be better. Thank you for sharing them with me and with us.


Every storm runs out of rain. Have a great weekend.


Take care.


Link to Plaza Re-Entry documents: https://plaza.parkhill.k12.mo.us/news/what_s_new/plaza_reopening_plan


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Principal

Plaza Middle School

#TogetherWeRise

PHSD BOARD APPROVES DR. SINGLETARY AS PLAZA'S PRINCIPAL


We are proud to announce that the Board approved naming Dr. Adrian Singletary, who is currently serving as interim principal here at Plaza Middle School, as the principal for Plaza!


Dr. Singletary came to Park Hill in 2009 as a social studies teacher at Park Hill South High School, where he became an administrative intern in 2015. He moved to Park Hill High School as assistant principal and athletic director in 2017.

Since becoming interim principal at Plaza, Dr. Singletary has worked to improve school climate by focusing on relationships and providing a safe and inclusive environment for all students. Dr. Singletary launched the Plaza student cabinet and the diversity, equity and inclusion committee for the school. Dr. Singletary has been active in the Park Hill community, partnering with local organizations such as the Banneker School Foundation and LevelUp Kids in effort to strengthen the bonds between community and school.

He received his doctoral degree from the University of Kansas, master’s degree from KU and bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Missouri.


We warmly welcome you Dr. Singletary!!

PLAZA MIDDLE SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT

We would love community input in our creation of Plaza Middle School's mission statement! If you would like to take part in this collaborative process with the students, staff, and community, please click the links below.

ATTENTION PLAZA FAMILIES: GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT LESSONS

As part of the BOE approved Life Education curriculum, Plaza students take pare in Growth & Development lessons. The Growth & Development lessons are scheduled for 6th grade the week of March 22nd - 26th. Grades 7 and 8 will be spending all of March completing their lessons. If you prefer your student not take part in the lessons, please contact your student's Life Education teacher prior to Friday, February 26th.

STUDENT ANTIGEN TESTING

Starting on January 4, Park Hill School District started to offer antigen testing to students who have COVID-19 symptoms. We already offer this to staff members. If your child has symptoms, please contact the school nurse at 816-359-4214.


If your child is experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 and are wanting to have them tested, here's how:


1.) Must be a student in the Park Hill School District.

2.) Must have symptoms.

3.) Call School nurse for consult 359-4214, once verified you will be given a number to make appointment for testing site.

4.) Click and print this consent form below. (Fill out prior to your child's appointment.)


Please contact me if your child has an exposure or symptoms of Covid, or if you have any health or wellness concerns at any time.


Miechele Berkley

Plaza Middle School Nurse

816-359-4214

BerkleyM@parkhill.k12.mo.us

PLAZA CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH!

Plaza Middle School will be recognizing Black History Month this year with a month full of engaging activities and lessons on contributions of African Americans. This years focus will be on Kansas City and Parkville history.


Our celebration will culminate in launching the "Change for Change" fundraiser to support the Banneker School Foundation and Historical Site in Parkville, Mo.


We are excited to provide these learning experiences to all of our Tigers!!!


Links for BHM Learning:

Week 1: African American Heritage Trail Activity

Week 2: African American Heritage Trail Activity

Week 3: Virtual Museum Tours: Jazz Museum and Negro League Baseball Museum

Week 4: Banneker School and Historic Site of Parkville, Mo Presentation, reflection, and launch of fundraiser.

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PLAZA STUDENTS ENGAGING IN BLACK HISTORY MONTH

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PHSD SPELLING BEE PARTICIPANTS!

Congratulations to our Plaza participants in the PHSD Spelling Bee! An official winner will be announced next week.

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Tiger Nation,


Happy New Year!!! I hope you had a restful break. We are excited to have your student back in our physical and virtual spaces. Please take a moment to view our newsletter as the coming weeks will be very busy as we transition into the second semester.


I also want to make quick note of the week of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Due to the holiday, the school schedule will look different. We will also be administering our Winter NWEA exams that Tuesday the 19th and Wednesday the 20th. This round of testing will take place in-person for hybrid students and online for our virtual learners. Additional details will be sent out to your learner in the coming week. As we approach the end of this semester, lets continue our hard work and collaboration. Finish strong!!!


I would remiss if I did not address the events that took place earlier this week. As many of you are aware, Wednesday our nation witnessed an event that will go down in American History.


This event displayed the effects of when people cannot get along and not work toward a common goal.


Here at Plaza, We have tried to uphold our belief in collaboration, cooperation, and teamwork.

Our building-wide mantra of Together We Rise is no more evident, is no more relevant, and is no more needed than this very moment in time.


We will continue to live out these principles not only in word, but in deed.


We are strong.

We are resilient.

We are Plaza.


Take care of yourself and one another.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Tiger Talk 12.18.20

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Plaza families,


I am very proud of the effort by all of our students and staff over the past two weeks with how we have collectively handled distance learning. As 2020 has shown us, flexibility and perseverance are key to our success. On Monday, December 14th we will be transitioning back to our previous modality of hybrid and online learning modes. Please make note of this and adjust your schedules accordingly.


We have a number of events happening this week as well as a spirit week to keep the holiday spirit present. Take a look as we would invite you to participate with us!


Let us finish the year strong and most importantly, healthy. Take care of yourself and one another.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the Principal

Tiger Nation,


We have just completed our first week of full distance learning at Plaza Middle School. Students and teachers have been working diligently to transition to a new modality for the weeks following Thanksgiving break. I have been heartened observing all of great learning experiences that are taking place hour after hour in the digital space.


As we approach the second week of distance learning, reflect on what made the first week a success or perhaps what presented challenges and communicate those efforts with our staff to better support you and your learner.


Thank you all for your commitment and continued flexibility this year.


Take care.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the Principal

Plaza families,


As we approach Thanksgiving holiday, I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to you. This will be an opportunity to recharge, renew, and reconnect at home with our families. As a parent of school-aged children myself, I understand the roller coaster of emotions this school year has brought.


When we return, Plaza will be in an all virtual modality for two weeks. I am excited for the prospect of bringing our numerous learning modalities together. This will provide more opportunities to connect with our teachers and staff.


Over the coming days, our teachers will be preparing hybrid learners for this shift in learning modality and for our online Tigers, an updated schedule of connection opportunities.


We Are Resilient. We Are Strong. We Are Tigers.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the principal

Tiger Nation,


Make no mistake, we are experiencing tremendous adversity. This pandemic has impacted our resources and it has dominated our collective mindshare. We are continuing to monitor our position within these trying times to ensure we are coming from a place of strength.


The Plaza community is strong. The teachers are strong. The students are strong. Together we have built something special and we will fight for it. As we continue into the unknown, take solace knowing you are not alone. We will continue to be a motivated staff that will do the best for all students at 6501.


Tigers, I invite you to read the rest of the Smore as it has valuable information on the coming week and the forecast of things to come. Continue to stay intentional in all you do and I hope you all have a safe weekend.


Take care.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the Principal

Plaza families,


The start of second quarter is here! What a great opportunity to hit the reset button both mentally and emotionally on the past several months. We have learned much and are up to the task of continuing along the path of upholding our Plaza mission of working together to engage, challenge, inspire, and grow.


This smore in particular holds some very important reminders and happenings at Plaza Middle School. From Staff COVID testing to 2nd semester enrollment declarations, it is packed full of what I believe is necessary information for you to digest.


This week I set before you the task of perspective. We all come from many different walks of life and with that comes perspective. For some these events have been traumatic and challenging and for others it has been an opportunity to reconnect and strengthen bonds. For many it may be a mix of all of the above. Reflect on the perspective you view your world through. This lens is key to developing a consciousness that drives our "why" in all we do and gives us a hope for a better tomorrow.


Remember... the loss to the Las Vegas Raiders seemed like the end of the world earlier this year, however just a year ago that very same week Patrick Mahomes dislocated his knee on a quarterback sneak. He would later lead Kansas City to its first Super Bowl victory in over 50 years.


Perspective.



As always, take care of yourself and one another.



Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the Principal

Good afternoon Tiger Nation,


As the first quarter comes to its conclusion and the second starts anew, take some time to reflect. Take stock of your experiences at Plaza thus far this year. Reflect on what worked for you as a parent and your learner, as well as the challenges faced. As always, we want to partner with you in our process of self improvement and invite you to join us on this journey.


We are indeed in a time that is so unique for all of us. This is especially evident in education. Teaching and learning has and will inherently look different this year. However, we will remain student-focused here at Plaza.


Life continues to find a way here at Plaza. Spirit week was a great experience for staff and students alike. MTSS groups are going and have narrowed our focus in math and reading as well as offering enrichments to stimulate the mind and creativity. Winter sports are about to be underway, 2nd quarter intramurals are starting, and our yearbook staff is hard at work gathering content. Please continue to read below to find additional information of other timely news at Plaza.


In the coming weeks, please continue to reflect on the finite time that we have and more importantly what we do with it. Intentionality is everything.


Be safe. Don't eat too much candy. Sleep an extra hour, and as always take care of yourself and one another.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the principal

Happy Friday Tiger Nation,


We had another great week here at Plaza Middle School. Living in Missouri, all of us are accustomed to the Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde nature of weather, but make no mistake, fall is indeed here! With that said, please be mindful as you embark to school each day and ensure your student is comfortable based on the elements.


Also, we are coming to the conclusion of the first quarter. Please work with your students and their teachers to make a final push to attack their meaningful missing assignments. We will begin second quarter at the end of the week.


We are also excited to announce that we are beginning our MTSS groups during tutorial beginning Monday. Students will have the opportunity to be apart of enrichments and interventions at Plaza. In addition, our second quarter intramurals will begin in the coming weeks. Please be on the lookout for this information as we will have additional learning opportunities for students/families looking for additional support.


Please check the remainder of the Smore for additional news and happenings at Plaza.


I appreciate your continued support for your student as well as our staff here at Plaza Middle School. I understand this time is difficult and fraught with challenges, however this is but a moment in time for our learners and for humanity. Our resilience is being put to the test each and every day in multiple facets of life. However, our resolve to be student focused here at Plaza is unwavering.


Be safe this weekend and take care of yourself and one another.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the Principal 10/16/20

Tiger Talk 10/16/20

Message from the principal 10.8

Tiger faithful,


We had a great week at Plaza! we are entering week 5 of our learning at 6501 and I am excited for all the wonderful things that are happening. Our staff continues to build meaningful relationships with students and with those bonds strengthening comes deeper and more engaging experiences.


Although we are in a pandemic, I encourage you to continue to partner with us as we continue to build a better environment at Plaza. We will continue to be reflective in our practices and embody the Park Hill School District value of continuous improvement.


Please take a few moments to glance at all the news we have to share with you, I hope it is informative and timely. Have a wonderful weekend Tiger Nation.


Take care of yourself and one another.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Tiger Talk 10.2.20

Message from the principal

Hello Tiger Nation!


I just wanted to take a moment to say that it is my privilege to continue to serve you. We are well underway at Plaza both virtually and in the hybrid modality. Fall sports, activities, and intramurals are going strong and we are proud of the PRIDE each individual Tiger has shown.


We have begun NWEA testing as well as settling into our Wednesday-to-Wednesday instructional chunking routine. While technology may often be a boon, it can also present challenges and frustration.


I would ask that if you continue to experience issues to please reach out to us. Contact your students Life Ed. teacher, content teacher, or technology department. We would love to address your issues and get them resolved. I am also excited to announce that the district has launched its Parent University Portal. This can be accessed via the district website under online learning and provides a myriad of topics and solutions to issues in the hybrid and online digital space.


I understand that COVID has impact all of us in one way or another. Rest assured that we remain steadfast in ensuring the safety of all student and staff at Plaza. That said, WE NEED YOU! Partnering with our families is key to upholding the missing here at Plaza: Working Together, to Engage, Challenge, Inspire, and Grow.


This year we have all collectively experienced trauma with a wide range of situations that extends out to our communities and our nation as a whole. It is apparent more than ever for us to be unified.


This belief is central to our mission and our theme for 2020-21, Together We Rise.


As always, take care of yourself and one another.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the Principal

Tiger Nation,


Week two is in the books! I am proud of how students and staff has adjusted to adversity at the beginning of the school year. This is a testament to the grit displayed and how Tigers will react to future challenges.


It was also the first week where we had a virtual day. Our staff and students were engaged in synchronous and asynchronous work throughout the building and in your homes. As a reminder, learning will be broken into weekly "chunks" starting on Wednesday and ending the following Tuesday. New content should be loaded every Wednesday for the new week.


Week two also saw the beginning of our fall sports and activities as well as our homework helper intramural. Please see information below to take full advantage of what additional academic support Plaza has to offer.


As week three approaches, we encounter new events such as NWEA testing and some of our first home sporting events. Please review our information online NWEA testing the coming Wednesdays as well as our protocols on athletic events at Plaza.


Hard to believe that we are already knocking on the door of October. With that said, time waits on no one, let's make the most of it!


Take care of yourself and each other.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the Principal

Tiger Nation,


We were so blessed to have the opportunity to begin our school year at Plaza. We had a strong start of the week and look forward to serving the community for the rest of the school year. My hope is that as students returned to you, they had fond stories of their first days back in the building.


If you had issues with technology or the user interface please reach out to the building or your students Life Ed. teacher in order to ensure your learner is on the right path for success.


We have collectively experienced something that no one has ever been through. It is through our commitment to each other that we will prevail. We will continue to improve each and everyday.


Remember to be patient with yourself and one another. Remember to have grace. Remember to have fun!


We Are Resilient. We Are Strong. We Are Tigers


Together We Rise


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the Principal.

Good day Tiger Nation,


Over the past several weeks, Plaza Middle School staff has been preparing for students to walk through its doors both physically and virtually. We have utilized professional development time to establish safety protocols and well as develop enriching content for our Tigers in the hybrid and virtual modality. Traditional school will look different this year, however what will not change is the commitment to our community and ALL students in Tiger Nation. We know and accept that this year will have its trials and tribulations, but how we deal with this adversity collectively will truly set us apart.


This resilience in our young people inspires us and drives our work, our mission, and our 2020-21 theme: Together We Rise.


Please read the following information below as it contains critical information on laptop distribution, material pick ups for our virtual students, and our virtual family orientation.


Take care of yourself and one another.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

singletarya@parkhill.k12.mo.us

8/14/2020

Message from the Principal

Tiger Nation,


During these times of uncertainty, it often feels as if we are on a roller coaster full of changes. It is important to remember that as we embark on this journey into the unknown, as a collective our resolve at Plaza remains student centered and student focused.


Here at Plaza we have been working throughout the summer to ensure a safe and caring environment for staff and students as we welcome them back for the 2020-21 school year. It will indeed be memorable for everyone. I know there are a number of questions that families have regarding academics and COVID-19 protocols. Parents will be receiving additional information on August 17th.


A few other important dates include:

- August 24th (Team names will be released to families who have completed their OLV)

- September 2nd (Virtual family Orientation)



What a time to be alive. What a great time to be a Tiger!


Take care.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

singletarya@parkhill.k12.mo.us

2nd Quarter Intramurals

Starting on Tuesday, November 10th Plaza will be offering homework helper IN PERSON every Tuesday and Thursday. This is a great opportunity for students to get additional support two days a week in a safe learning environment. Also, the 5 pillars of infection control and social distancing will be observed as we continuously seek to engage our students.


This intramural is available to ALL students at Plaza both hybrid and online, however there is a cap to ensure adequate space. We ask that any interested families reach out to their life ed. teacher to sign up.


Transportation home is available on our intramural days but will need at least a week notice. Again, space is limited so interested families should reach out soon!

HEALTH SCREENING REMINDERS

In an effort to keep all students and staff safe at Plaza we are asking our community to partner with us when it comes to screening. Students and staff must stay home if sick with any of the below symptoms. All families and staff members were given a helpful card with these symptoms, so our Park Hill family can screen for illness before coming to school and work each day:

  • Fever
    According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a fever is 100.4 F or greater.
  • Cough
  • Rash
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Lack of appetite
  • Loss of taste or smell


All members of our Park Hill family will follow these guidelines to screen for symptoms of COVID-19, and must stay home if ill.

MISSING ASSIGNMENTS INFO

Below is information on how to search for missing assignments for your students:
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WHAT TO DO IF YOUR STUDENT GETS COVID-19 DURING DISTANCE LEARNING

Now that we are in distance learning, we need to continue tracking our COVID-19 data. We need to know if students become sick or exposed to COVID-19 to help the district with decision making in the future.


  • Families: Email or call your children's school nurse if they become sick or exposed to COVID-19. Plaza's Nurse is Nurse Berkley BerkleyM@parkhill.k12.mo.us, (816) 359-4214.

DISTANCE LEARNING MEALS

Free Meals
Now that we are in distance learning for two weeks from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, our nutrition services team is working to make meals more available to all children, ages 18 and under. Families can choose between two options each week.


Bulk Frozen Meals
In addition to the normal Wednesday pickups, families are able to pick up bulk frozen meals on Mondays during this distance learning period, on Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Families that choose the bulk frozen meal option may only pick up once per week. Preorder your bulk frozen meals here.

Daily Hot Meals
Families can pick up daily hot meals Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Congress Middle School and Walden Middle School. During distance learning, we will also have a hot meal pickup location at Graden Elementary. Find more information about daily hot meals here.

WINNERS OF OUR DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. REFLECTION CONTEST

Black History Month Intro at Plaza

INCOMING 6TH GRADE STUDENTS VIRTUAL ORIENTATION

Our YouTube channel (link) for orientation for incoming 6th graders is now live to view. We are also hosting 2 guardian Q&A sessions on Monday, February 22nd or Thursday, February 25th from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. You only need to attend one session. Incoming 6th grade guardians, please watch your email for the zoom link to these sessions.
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AMI Schedule

If bad weather, temperatures or road conditions make it unsafe for students to get to school, we will call an AMI distance learning day.


In addition, here is the schedule you can expect at Plaza:


  • All of our students, both in-person and Park Hill Online, will have distance learning on an AMI day from 9 a.m. to 3:40 p.m., with a break from noon to 1 p.m.

  • Students should check their online learning platform (Schoology) at 9 a.m. to see what teachers have planned for the day.

  • Teachers will have planning time from 8 to 9 a.m.

  • Teachers have lessons posted for students by 9 a.m.

  • Teachers will be available to students between 9 a.m. and 3:40 p.m., with the exception of an hour for lunch and midday planning from noon to 1 p.m.

  • Our teams have individual schedules that will include optional video meetings if they choose to have them.


Additional information on AMI days can be found on the district website HERE.